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Alternative name: Black-billed Kingfisher

Photo by Peter Ericsson
Tangkoko, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2009
Pelargopsis melanorhyncha


35 cm

  • Black and white plumage
  • White head
  • Large bill


Endemic to Sulawesi and the Sula Islands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. melanorhyncha:
  • P. m. dichrorhyncha:
  • Peleng Island and Banggai Islands (off Sulawesi)
  • P. m. eutreptorhyncha:


Mangrove forests


Plunges from an overhanging perch for fish and crayfish.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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